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College Scholarships for Indigenous American Students

This scholarship list honors National Native American Heritage Month.

Shawna Newman

October 23, 2020

Students with Native American/indigenous roots have many unique scholarship opportunities.
College Scholarships for Indigenous American Students
November is National Native American Heritage Month. It’s the perfect time to pay tribute to United States students with indigenous, Native American roots. Throughout the month, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the Smithsonian Institution and many other notable American institutions celebrate the fundamental contributions of Native Americans. Why November? According to the Native American Heritage Month government website , “In 1990 President George H.W. Bush approved a joint resolution in 1990 designating November ‘National American Indian Heritage Month.’” In 2019, President Donald J. Trump signed the multi-layered, Presidential Proclamation on National Native American Heritage Month. This declaration secured the return of historical artifacts to the Mesa Verde region, and noted there are “573 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native nations” in America today. 2020 festivities honoring the heritage of Indigenous Americans includes webinars, museum celebrations such as the “Blackfeet Nation Tribal Festival,” performance of Native American folk tales and many more cultural events. What is the appropriate term? The National Museum of the American Indian states American Indian, Indian, Native American, or Native are all correct to use. However, “American Indian or indigenous American are preferred by many Native people.” To honor Native American Heritage Month, and to recognize the value of student diversity in higher education, Fastweb is celebrating indigenous American students with the following list of scholarships to help pay for school:

College Scholarships for Indigenous American Students:

American Indian Services Scholarship

Available to: College Freshmen through Seniors
Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: 2/1/2021
The American Indian Services Scholarship is available to American Indian undergraduate students enrolled in a university, college, junior college or technical school. You must be of at least one-quarter Native American blood and have a minimum 2.25 GPA to be eligible for this award. You may be a full- or part-time student, but you may have no more than 150 semester credits or 210 quarter credits to receive this award. Awards are based on financial need, academic status and funds available.

First Nations Scholarship

Available to: College Freshmen through Seniors
Award Amount: 3/13/2021
Deadline: Varies
The First Nations Scholarship is available to out - of - state, tribally enrolled, freshmen and transfer Native American students at the University of Colorado, Boulder. You must demonstrate financial need, academic merit, and proof of tribal affiliation to be eligible for this award.

WLA Diversity Scholarship

Available to: College Graduate Students, Years 1-3
Award Amount: $950
Deadline: 6/15/2021
The Wisconsin Library Association Diversity Scholarship is open to current and permanent Wisconsin residents. You must have been admitted to a master's degree program in library and information science or library media at a Wisconsin school to be eligible for this award. You must also be African- American, Latino/ Hispanic, Asian/ Pacific Islander or Native American/ Alaskan Native; or have a physical disability. An essay is required.

Multicultural Professional Development Grant

Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Varies
The Multicultural Professional Development Grant is available to U.S. Citizen undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a college or university. You must be identified as member of the African-American, Latina/Latino, Native American, Asian-American, or Pacific Islander ethnic minority to be eligible for this award.

Mary Ball Carrera Scholarship

Available to: College Graduate Students Year 1 through Year 5
Award Amount: $2,500
Deadline: Varies
The Mary Ball Carrera Scholarship is available to female Native American students. You must be enrolled at an accredited U.S. medical school to be eligible for this award.

Manuel F. Saenz Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Available to: College Freshmen through Seniors
Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Varies
The Manuel F. Saenz Jr. Memorial Scholarship is awarded to full-time and part-time students at the University of New Mexico. To qualify for this award, you must be involved with athletics and be of Native American ancestry. Preference will be given to those of Navajo descent.

Marguerite M. Drum Endowed Memorial Scholarship for Native Americans

Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Varies
The Marguerite M. Drum Memorial Scholarship for Native American Students is available to full-time Native American undergraduates and graduates at the University of New Mexico. You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need to qualify. Preference for this award is given to students enrolled in the Native American Studies program or a degree program with a concentration in Native American Studies.

Galena Sells Dick Memorial Scholarship

Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Varies
The Galena Sells Dick Memorial Scholarship is available to students at the University of Arizona, College of Education. You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be a member of an American Indian tribe, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or a recognized Canadian First Nations tribe or band to qualify for this award.

William Bartlett Native American Nursing Scholarship

Available to: College Juniors through Seniors
Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Varies
The William Bartlett Native American Nursing Scholarship is open to American Indian nursing students at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. You must demonstrate the qualities of professional commitment and personal integrity to be eligible for this award. Preference is given to students who have not previously received the award and to those students nearing the completion of the BSN degree.

State Indian/Tribal Scholarship - UMN, Twin Cities

Available to: College Freshmen
Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Varies
The State Indian/ Tribal Scholarship is open to American Indian freshmen entering the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. To be considered for this award, you must be a Minnesota resident with at least one- fourth Indian ancestry and be a member of a federally recognized tribe.

Gathering of the Tribes Scholarship

Available to: College Freshmen through Seniors
Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Varies
The Gathering of the Tribes Scholarship is open to students attending the University of California, Riverside. You must be active in the Native American community either on or off the campus or involved in Native American Student Programs or the Native American Student Association to be eligible for this award. In addition, you must demonstrate financial need and be in good academic standing.

Charles Hamilton Houston Scholarship

Available to: College Graduate Students, Year 1
Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Varies
The Charles Hamilton Houston Scholarship is available to first-year students at the New England School of Law. You must be African- American, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American and demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this award.

Native American Student Programs Scholarship

Available to: College Sophomores through Seniors
Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Varies
The Native American Student Programs Scholarship is open to students attending the University of California, Riverside. You must be a sophomore or higher and have completed at least 1/4 of units required for graduation with a bachelor's degree to be eligible for this award.

Sylvia Plotts Memorial Scholarship

Available to: College Freshmen through Sophomores
Award Amount: $2,500
Deadline: Varies
The Sylvia Plotts Memorial Scholarship is open to Native American students at Arizona Western College. You must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA and be a resident of Yuma or La Paz county to qualify for this award.

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